San Francisco Seals


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Team History
All-Time Leaders    Batting    Pitching
League Championship Titles: 1921
Manager: Nick Williams
Ballpark: Recreation Park

Recreation Park   Opened: 1907   Capacity: 15,000
Valencia Street and 15th Street, San Francisco, California

AVG overall 1.053
LHB 1.040, RHB 1.060
Doubles 1.021
Triples .595
HR overall 1.211
LHB 1.375, RHB 1.123

Distances/wall heights
Left Field line 311 ft./26 ft.
Left Field 324 ft./26 ft.
Left-Center Field 365 ft./26 ft.
Center Field 385 ft./26 ft.
Right-Center 355 ft./26 ft.
Right Field 315 ft./26 ft.
Right Field line 287 ft./26 ft.

In the Redux

Throughout the decade the Seals have maintained a strange pattern; they either finish as one of the top two teams in the league or one of the bottom two. Last season was their worst, a 58-96 eight-place finish. Still, they’re only one year removed from their fourth championship series appearance, so they remain a team capable of contending.

Real-life history

There were many professional baseball leagues that sprang up in California for a season or two in the 1870s and 1880s. It would be an understatement to say that San Francisco had a team in all of those early leagues; in some of them, San Francisco had all the teams.

The ’35 champs had Lefty O’Doul at the helm, DiMaggio in the corn, and, perhaps inspired by O’Doul’s frequent trips to Japan, a logo that read right to left.
O’Doul took the whole team with him on the 1949 excursion that produced this nifty souvenir.

The 1903 San Francisco Seals retained many of the members of the 1902 California League’s San Francisco entry, so it may or may not have been a new team; in any event, that was the team that represented the city in the brand new Pacific Coast League. As the club was owned by J. Cal Ewing, who also owned the Oakland Oaks, the “San Francisco” Seals sometimes played home games across the Bay.

This musclebound pinniped cranes his neck to torturous extremes in demonstrating that some species are better suited to anthropomorphism than others.

In 1907, a new ballpark, Recreation Park, became their home for the next two decades. They won their first pennant in 1909, followed by titles in 1915, 1917, 1922, 1923, and 1925. In 1931 they unveiled 18,600-seat Seals Stadium and won the pennant their first season there. They also won pennants in 1935, 1946, and 1957, their final year in San Francisco.

One of the Seals’ owners in the 1940’s, businessman Paul Fagan, pushed for the PCL to gain acceptance as the third Major League. He eschewed affiliation with major league clubs and spent lavishly in an attempt to upgrade Seals Stadium to a major league facility. Lacking sufficient support from the other PCL owners, Fagan’s ambitions failed, paving the way for MLB’s usurpation of the PCL’s largest cities.

The Seals became the longtime minor league affiliate of the team that displaced them, the San Francisco Giants, playing a few years in Tacoma and the rest of the time in Phoenix. Since 1998 they have been affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and are today known as the Reno Aces.